Clean, biodegradable structure for stem cell growthMedical scientists were shocked to discover that virtually all human embryonic stem cell lines being used in 2005 were contaminated. Animal byproducts used to line Petri dishes had left traces on the human cells. If those cells had been implanted in a human body they likely would have been rejected by the patient's immune system.
Even today, with new stem cell lines approved for use in medical research, there remains a risk that these cells........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 2/3/2010 7:33:16 AM)
Curing More Cervical Cancer PatientsCervical cancer is highly curable when caught early. But in a third of cases, the tumor responds poorly to treatment or recurs later, when cure is much less likely.
Quicker identification of non-responding tumors appears to be possible using a new mathematical model developed by scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
The model uses........Go to the Cervical cancer blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:23:07 AM)
Approval of oncology drugs at FDAOver a two and half year period, beginning in 2005 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's oncology drug product's office began reviewing marketing applications, a total of 60 new oncology and hematology drugs were evaluated, of which 53 were approved, as per a new article published online January 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
To provide an overview of recent regulatory actions by the FDA's Office of Oncology Drug........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:18:00 AM)
Multiple sclerosis and the seasonPrior studies have shown multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are more often born in spring than in any other season, indicating that there is an environmental risk factor for the disease. A paper in the journal Neurology, evaluated for f1000 Medicine by Emmanuelle Waubant and Ellen Mowry, now suggests that this seasonal effect is mediated by the gene HLA-DRB1.
In a number of European populations, the HLA-DRB1*15 allele of this gene is linked to........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:14:45 AM)
Early detection of Alzheimer's diseaseInvestigators from the International Center for Biomedicine and the University of Chile, in collaboration with the Center for Bioinformatics of the Universidad de Talca, have discovered that two drugs, the benzimidazole derivatives lanzoprazole and astemizole, appears to be suitable for use as PET (positron emission tomography) radiotracers and enable imaging for the early detection of Alzheimer's Disease. The study is reported in the current........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:07:19 AM)
Most patients gain weight after getting a new kneeYou'd think folks who've had knee replacement surgery -- finally able to walk and exercise without pain -- would lose weight instead of put on pounds, but surprisingly that's not the case, as per a University of Delaware study.
Scientists Joseph Zeni and Lynn Snyder-Mackler in the Department of Physical Therapy in UD's College of Health Sciences observed that patients typically drop weight in the first few weeks after total knee arthroplasty........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:04:22 AM)
Can blocking a frown?Your facial expression may tell the world what you are thinking or feeling. But it also affects your ability to understand written language correlation to emotions, as per research that was presented today to the Society for Personal and Social Psychology in Las Vegas, and would be reported in the journal Psychological Science.
The newly released study reported on 40 people who were treated with botulinum toxin, or Botox. Tiny applications........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 7:58:08 AM)
Children with cochlear implantsChildren who have cochlear implants (CI) rank their quality of life (QOL) equal to their normally hearing (NH) peers, indicates new research in the February 2010 issue of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing to the deaf. It is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder or........Go to the ENT news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 7:41:04 AM)
Stopping Schizophrenia Before It Starts?The onset of schizophrenia is not easy to predict. Eventhough it is linked to as a number of as 14 genes in the human genome, the previous presence of schizophrenia in the family is not enough to determine whether one will succumb to the mind-altering condition. The disease also has a significant environmental link.
As per Prof. Ina Weiner of Tel Aviv University's Department of Psychology, the developmental disorder, which commonly manifests........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 1/29/2010 8:24:27 AM)
How pancreatic cancer able to defeat drugsScientists at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, have found one reason that pancreas cancer tumors are so difficult to treat with drugs. They have shown how a molecular switch steps up pancreas cancer cell survival as well as resistance to a standard chemotherapy drug, and have identified alternate routes cancer cells take to avoid the effects of the treatment.
The findings, by a group led by Andrew M. Lowy,........Go to the Pancreatic cancer blog (Added on 1/29/2010 8:10:43 AM)
Change in mammography guidelinesThe methodology and evidence behind a widely publicized change in national mammography guidelines is questionable, as per a review in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS), published by SAGE.
In November 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine discussing the screening techniques for the early detection of breast cancer. A few isolated portions of that report,........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 1/29/2010 8:08:54 AM)
'Overweight' adults age 70Adults aged over 70 years who are classified as overweight are less likely to die over a ten year period than adults who are in the 'normal' weight range, as per a newly released study published recently in the Journal of The American Geriatrics Society
Scientists looked at data taken over a decade among more than 9,200 Australian men and women aged between 70 and 75 at the beginning of the study, who were assessed for their health and........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 1/28/2010 12:17:27 AM)
Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's diseaseAt Scott & White Memorial Hospital, a multi-disciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurophysiologist, neuropsychology experts and a movement disorders specialist are offering hope to some Parkinson's patients with a therapy called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). DBS involves placing a thin wire that carries electrical currents deep within the brain on Parkinson's patients who are no longer benefitting from medications, and have........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:21:00 AM)
Proper vaccine refrigeration vitalEvery year, billions of dollars worth of vaccines are shipped to thousands of medical providers across the country, and every year doctors must dispose of tens of millions of dollars worth of those vaccines because they became too warm or too cold while in storage. Now, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with funding from and in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:17:02 AM)
Human growth hormone: Not a life extenderPeople profoundly deficient in human growth hormone (HGH) due to a genetic mutation appear to live just as long as people who make normal amounts of the hormone, a newly released study shows. The findings suggest that HGH may not be the "fountain of youth" that some scientists have suggested.
"Without HGH, these people still live long, healthy lives, and our results don't seem to support the notion that lack of HGH slows or accelerates the........Go to the Health news blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:12:34 AM)
CT to diagnose appendicitisPreoperative computed tomography (CT) may help reduce unnecessary surgeries in women of reproductive age with suspected acute appendicitis, as per a newly released study appearing in the recent issue of the journal Radiology
"We observed that rising utilization of preoperative CT over the past decade, along with advances in CT technology, coincided with a significant decrease in negative appendectomies among women 45 years and younger," said........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 1/26/2010 8:54:32 AM)
Childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease riskBy as early as 7 years of age, being obese may raise a child's risk of future heart disease and stroke, even in the absence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, as per a newly released study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
"This newly released study demonstrates that the unhealthy consequences of excess body fat start very early," said........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 1/26/2010 8:52:41 AM)
Cartilage repair can improve lifeOsteoarthritis (OA) is one of the ten most disabling diseases in the developed world and is set to become more of a financial burden on health services as average life expectancy increases.
OA is the most common form of arthritis, affecting nearly 27 million Americans or 12.1% of the adult population of the United States, as per Laurence et al. A 2001 study showed that the disease costs US health services about $89.1 billion,2 and indirect........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 1/25/2010 8:20:29 AM)
Prostate cancer is treated differentlyScientists at Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego and his colleagues have observed that prostate cancer therapys varied significantly between county hospitals and private providers. Patients treated in county hospitals are more likely to undergo surgery while patients treated in private facilities tend to receive radiation or hormone treatment. These findings were published online by the journal Cancer on January 25.........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 1/25/2010 7:57:00 AM)
Fast food menus with calorie informationIn a newly released study, the amount of calories selected by parents for their child's hypothetical meal at McDonald's restaurants were reduced by an average of 102 calories when the menus clearly showed the calories for each item. This is the first study to suggest that labeled menus may lead to significantly reduced calorie intake in fast food restaurant meals purchased for children. Led by researcher Pooja S. Tandon, MD, from Seattle........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 1/25/2010 7:47:56 AM)
Fat tissue in women with Polycystic Ovary SyndromeFat tissue in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome produces an inadequate amount of the hormone that regulates how fats and glucose are processed, promoting increased insulin resistance and inflammation, glucose intolerance, and greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, as per a research studyconducted at the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is the most........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 2/2/2010 9:21:15 AM)
Counseling for obesity and smokingReducing obesity and smoking have become national priorities in the United States. Research has shown that intensive counseling can positively impact each problem. However, because such counseling is typically not covered by medical insurance, cost can be a barrier. As per a research findings reported in the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia,........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 2/2/2010 9:19:41 AM)
Tailoring treatment for rheumatoid arthritisInvestigators have identified a biomarker that could help doctors select patients with rheumatoid arthritis who will benefit from treatment with drugs such as Enbrel, a tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-antagonist drug. The study, led by scientists at Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with rheumatologists at University of Southern California, appears in the recent issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.
"While our study waccording........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:16:05 AM)
Handling of milk in restaurantsOne-third of samples of milk and dairy products analysed in various restaurants exceed the microbe contamination limits set by the European Union, as per a research studycarried out by scientists from the University of Valencia (UV). The experts advise against keeping milk in jugs and suggest that these foodstuffs need to be better handled.
"Out of all the dairy products we analysed, 35% of the samples exceeded the maximum contamination........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:13:34 AM)
Hip Fractures In GrandfathersThe study, reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, shows that hip fractures in grandfathers are associated with low bone density and reduced bone size in their grandsons.
"This is the first time this risk factor for low bone mass has been demonstrated across two generations," says associate professor Mattias Lorentzon, who led the research team at the Sahlgrenska Academy. "This new risk factor appears to be........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:08:22 AM)
New computational tool for cancer treatmentA number of human tumors express indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), an enzyme which mediates an immune-escape in several cancer types. Scientists in the Molecular Modeling group at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Dr. Benot J. Van den Eynde's group at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd (LICR) Brussels Branch developed an approach for creating new IDO inhibitors by computer-assisted structure-based drug design. The study........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:06:02 AM)
brain protein for synapse developmentA newly released study from UC Davis Health System identifies for the first time a brain protein called SynDIG1 that plays a critical role in creating and sustaining synapses, the complex chemical signaling system responsible for communication between neurons. The research, reported in the Jan.14 issue of the journal Neuron, fills a major gap in understanding the molecular foundations of higher cognitive abilities as well as some brain........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 8:02:12 AM)
HIV researchers solve key puzzleScientists have made a breakthrough in HIV research that had eluded researchers for over 20 years, potentially leading to better therapys for HIV, as per a research findings published recently in the journal Nature
The researchers, from Imperial College London and Harvard University, have grown a crystal that reveals the structure of an enzyme called integrase, which is found in retroviruses like HIV. When HIV infects someone, it uses........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 2/1/2010 7:42:01 AM)
May need less sleep as you ageA study in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP suggests that healthy elderly adults without sleep disorders can expect to have a reduced "sleep need" and to be less sleepy during the day than healthy young adults.
Results show that during a night of eight hours in bed, total sleep time decreased significantly and progressively with age. Elderly adults slept about 20 minutes less than middle-aged adults, who slept 23 minutes less than........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 2/1/2010 7:36:23 AM)
Doctors cut back hours when risk of malpractice suit risesA newly released study shows that the number of hours physicians spend on the job each week is influenced by the fear of malpractice lawsuits.
Economists Eric Helland and Mark Showalter observed that doctors cut back their workload by almost two hours each week when the expected liability risk increases by 10 percent. The study, reported in the new issue of the Journal of Law and Economics, notes that the decline in hours adds up to the........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 1/29/2010 8:18:46 AM)
Parkinsonism trends in USThe largest epidemiological study of Parkinson's disease in the United States has observed that the disease is more common in the Midwest and the Northeast and is twice as likely to strike whites and Hispanics as blacks and Asians.
The study, based on data from 36 million Medicare recipients, is both the first to produce any significant information on patterns of Parkinson's disease in minorities and to show geographic clusters for the........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 1/28/2010 7:45:48 AM)
Using computers while suffering from Rheumatoid arthritisA recent study by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh observed that workers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were comparable to non-impaired individuals in keyboarding speed. Individuals who were trained in touch typing demonstrated faster typing speeds than those using a visually-guided ("hunt and peck") method, regardless of impairment. Scientists also noted slightly impaired mouse skills in workers with RA. Results of this study........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 1/28/2010 7:37:53 AM)
Parents' perceptions of their childs competenceAs per a newly released study, there is no direct link between parents' own level of physical activity, and how much their child may exercise. In fact, parents' perceptions of their children's athleticism are what have a direct impact on the children's activity.
The study by Oregon State University scientists Stewart Trost and Paul Loprinzi, reported in the journal Preventive Medicine, studied 268 children ages 2 to 5 in early childhood........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:21:54 AM)
Ffighting the deadly staph infectionScientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Israel's Weizman Institute of Science have observed that two antibiotics working together might be more effective in fighting pathogenic bacteria than either drug on its own.
Individually, lankacidin and lankamycin, two antibiotics produced naturally by the microbe streptomyces, are marginally effective in warding off pathogens, says Alexander Mankin, professor and associate director of........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:16:04 AM)
Transferrin to fight anemiaJanuary 26, 2010 (BRONX, NY) A newly released study shows that a protein found in blood alleviates anemia, a condition in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen from the blood. In this animal study, injections of the protein, known as transferrin, also protected against potentially fatal iron overload in mice with thalassemia, a type of inherited anemia that affects millions of people worldwide.
Implications of the study,........Go to the Health news blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:11:24 AM)
New potential to treat COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is defined by emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. It destroys the normal architecture of the lung and inhibits the mechanical aspects of breathing, which prevents necessary gas exchange. Patients suffer from coughing fits, wheezing, and increased occurence rate of lung infections. These symptoms are linked to changes in the architecture of the lung. The air sacs, which commonly inflate with air........Go to the Lung news blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:09:11 AM)
Antidepressants and lactation difficultiesAs per a newly released study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), women taking usually used forms of antidepressant drugs may experience delayed lactation after giving birth and may need additional support to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Breastfeeding benefits both infants and mothers in a number of ways as breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 1/26/2010 8:50:13 AM)
Virtual colonoscopy is effectiveComputed tomographic colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, remains effective in screening older patients for colorectal cancer (CRC), produces low referral for colonoscopy rates similar to other screening exams now covered by Medicare, and does not result in unreasonable levels of additional testing resulting from extracolonic findings, as per a research studyreported in the recent issue of Radiology.
CT colonography employs........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 1/26/2010 8:46:13 AM)
Benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapyPsychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, panic and stress-related physical ailments, and the benefits of the treatment grow after therapy has ended, as per new research published by the American Psychological Association.
Psychodynamic treatment focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 1/25/2010 7:59:35 AM)
Lung cancer patients who quit smokingPeople diagnosed with early stage lung cancer can double their chances of survival over five years if they stop smoking compared with those who continue to smoke, finds a study published on bmj.com today.
This is the first review of studies to measure the effects of continued smoking after diagnosis of lung cancer and suggests that it appears to be worthwhile to offer smoking cessation therapy to patients with early stage lung cancer.
........Go to the Lung-cancer-blog (Added on 1/22/2010 8:24:30 AM)